Before Columbus

The Americas of 1491

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About The Book

A companion book for young readers based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the groundbreaking bestseller by Charles C. Mann.

About The Author

Charles C. Mann is the author of 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck award for the best book of the year. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, and more.  In addition to 1491, he was the co-author of four other non-fiction books. He is now working on a companion volume to 1491. His website is www.charlesmann.org.

Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • Americas Award Commended Title
  • Spur Award Finalist (Western Writers of America)

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